Determinism Contradicts Self Improvement Potential

I find this topic very interesting but I feel that your section on free will vs determinism rather contradicts any potential for self-improvement, at least according to your theories. For in a deterministic world, how would change even be possible?

The mind is deterministic, because the inherited and acquired wisdom of nerve cells make the ultimate decisions. It is deterministic, because an intuitive (statistical neuronal choice in the limbic system between RB rationality, emotions and instincts) decision making process, not “free will” makes the final choice between discussing philosophy and dancing in the rain. Change is possible, when RB discovers and acts on the benefits of stilling emotions. The key decision is determined by knowledge, not a mystic free will.
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From what I can understand, you are saying that the mind's 'free will' is more of a rational 'free will' within a deterministic framework brought about by acquired neuronal wisdom?

Yes.
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For my peace of mind, I earmarked 20 minutes for meditation on the terrace. With my eyes closed, I sense my hands on the chair and feel the numbness in my feet.

I feel my breath flowing through my nose, my throat, my chest and my stomach. I can hear the chirping of birds, the phut phut of auto rickshaws, the occasional roar of a truck and the insistent hooting of horns.

The wide sky and the treetops come to my attention, when I open my eyes, I see a pale moon over two hundred thousand miles away. I see the nuclear fires, blazing for millions of years in the pale globe of the setting sun. I see a single star millions of miles away in space.

I can see green shoots coming up on a tree, watch the dives and swoops of birds, the great circles of the hawks and flocks of birds flying home for the night.

Diffused light from the sun reflects off a parrot on the tree and enters my eye through a pinhole opening. I sense the bustling mood of the bird, even though it is smaller than a drop of water in my eyes.

All these things are seen and felt by me in a few brief minutes. In the distance, is the head of a man seeming to be no bigger than a pea. Yet, that head too sees and feels such things. Ten million people in this great city see and feel in ten million ways.

My mind wanders to a misty view of postwar London; an exciting glimpse of Disneyland. An awed view of Tiananmen Square. The looming Himalayan ranges. My mind takes me to distant galaxies.

It carries me into the heart of millions of invisible neurons, where electrical charges flash thousands of times a second powering my contemplation. I see the campaigns of Julius Caesar and Alexander. I feel the longings of Jehangir.

Already my mind has taken me to palaces, battlefields and even the stars. If I lost everything, but can just see and feel, in just a few brief minutes, my mind can travel the world, or imagine the cosmos.

While my thoughts wandered far and near, the thought "20 minutes is a long time" also kept floating in. And yet, life has already blessed me with over twenty million waking minutes! I have an infinity of time on my hands. Have I a right to expect more from life?

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